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Russian punk band members transferred to prison colonies

- Associated Press - Monday, October 22, 2012

MOSCOW (AP) — The two jailed Pussy Riot band members have been transferred to prison colonies hundreds of miles from Moscow to serve their sentences, their lawyer said Monday.

Attorney Mark Feygin said Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were transferred during the weekend from Moscow Prison, where they had been kept since March. Mr. Feygin said prison authorities informed him that Alekhina had been sent to the Perm region in the Urals and Tolokonnikova to the central province of Mordovia. He could not confirm the information with his clients.

Alekhina, Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August for performing a protest prayer against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral in February. They were given two-year sentences. Samutsevich was released on appeal earlier this month.

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